Last November, we wrote about a high-profile lawsuit that has brought much attention to some common problems associated with unpaid internships. Two young men who formerly worked as interns in the production of the movie "Black Swan" brought a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a high-profile employment lawsuit brought against singer Celine Dion. A former employee who worked as a handyman at Dion's Florida home filed a wage and hour claim against the pop star and her husband. Among other allegations, the man claims he was misclassified as an "exempt" employee and wrongfully denied overtime pay.
Employers should generally take care to ensure that their employee payment practices are in line with state and federal regulations. However, employers may want to be especially vigilant at this time, given that investigators for the Department of Labor (DOL) are appearing at worksites with increasing frequency.
Last week we wrote about a disappointing Supreme Court decision that could negatively affect workers in Florida and across the country who are considered state employees. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have sovereign immunity and are therefore protected against lawsuits seeking money damages for violating certain provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
We have previously written that some employers will try to save money by cheating workers out of wages and benefits that they have earned and to which they are legally entitled under laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about unpaid internships. Two young men who worked as unpaid interns for the movie "Black Swan" have filed an open class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures seeking back pay. They also want to prevent the company from hiring unpaid interns in the future.
In June, we wrote about an important employment issue that affects many Florida students and companies each year: unpaid internships. Employers are often ignorant of the requirements that must be met in order to legally provide an unpaid internship at a for-profit company.
The current minimum wage in Florida is $7.31 per hour. Even if you are a student working in an unpaid internship, you may actually be entitled to receive this wage. This is because many unpaid summer internships are (knowingly or unknowingly) in violation of wage and hour laws.
Now that school is out for the summer, many students at Florida's various universities will be participating in unpaid summer internships. Some high school students may even pursue these internships as they can provide valuable experience and contacts.